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Rishard Matthews | Wide Receiver | #18

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/12/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 217
College: Nevada
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 7 (227) / MIA
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Rishard Matthews caught 4-of-7 targets for 37 yards in the Titans' Week 7 loss to the Colts.
Matthews has flashed playmaking ability in spots this year, but he only plays around half of the Titans' snaps in a four-man wideout rotation. Matthews is not worth owning in 12-team leagues ahead of a Week 8 date with Jacksonville. Oct 23 - 5:31 PM

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Rishard Matthews notched three catches for 70 yards and a touchdown on three targets Sunday in the Titans' Week 6 win over the Browns.

Matthews found pay-dirt for the second week in a row by hauling in an 11-yard touchdown from Marcus Mariota on the Titans' opening drive. He later added a sprawling 43-yard grab against Browns safety Derrick Kindred in the third quarter. Matthews isn’t a must-own yet but he’s definitely showing signs of life. He’ll be back at it next week against Indianapolis.
Oct 16 - 6:42 PM

Rishard Matthews snagged all four of his targets for 32 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Titans' Week 5 win over the Dolphins.

The Titans went run-heavy again but Matthews still managed to make his mark. His four-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter was a thing of beauty. The Dolphins bit on play-action, allowing Matthews to come down with a great diving catch in front of an overmatched Tony Lippett. The touchdown obviously meant a lot to Matthews coming against his former team. It was also Matthews’ first touchdown as a member of the Titans. He has a good matchup against Cleveland in Week 6 but we’re still hesitant to endorse Matthews as a fantasy option.
Oct 9 - 5:05 PM

Rishard Matthews has lost his starting job to Andre Johnson.

Matthews is coming off his most productive game in Week 4, but saw just two targets in a rotation with Johnson. He's been a major part of Tennessee's pass game struggles and should be limited to four-wide sets going forward. Johnson isn't much of an upgrade, but has been the better receiver to this point. The Titans have one of the league's worst supporting casts around Marcus Mariota.
Oct 5 - 5:39 PM

Rishard Matthews caught both of his targets for 82 yards Sunday in the Titans' Week 4 loss to the Texans.

Matthews came away with the longest catch of his career, blowing past Kareem Jackson for a 60-yard deep bomb in the second quarter. He wasn’t heard from again until the third quarter when he beat Kevin Johnson for a 22-yard hookup. Though he led the team with 82 receiving yards, Matthews saw fewer targets than Delanie Walker, Andre Johnson, Tajae Sharpe and Kendall Wright. He won't be on the fantasy map next week against the Dolphins.
Oct 2 - 5:54 PM

Rishard Matthews caught 3-of-8 targets for 32 yards in the Titans' Week 3 loss to the Titans.

With Delanie Walker (hamstring) out, Matthews led the team in targets, but obviously did very little with them. He was the intended target on one of Marcus Mariota's interceptions and continues to rotate with Andre Johnson and Harry Douglas behind Tajae Sharpe. Matthews is waiver-wire fodder.
Sep 25 - 5:24 PM

Rishard Matthews caught 4-of-6 targets for 40 yards in the Titans' Week 2 win over the Lions.

The Titans spread the ball around in this one, with four different pass catchers drawing at least six targets. Matthews is in a muddled situation sharing time with Andre Johnson and Harry Douglas behind rookie Tajae Sharpe.
Sep 18 - 4:32 PM

Titans OC Terry Robiskie said Rishard Matthews is still working on his "timing" with Marcus Mariota.

"Talking to Rishard this week, him and Marcus have missed each other once or twice on account of a little bit of a high throw," Robiskie said. "They look like they got a little bit more timing to work on. But they’re doing a good job doing it." Perhaps "timing" is the reason Matthews played fewer snaps than the model of inefficiency Harry Douglas Week 1.
Sep 17 - 11:22 AM

Rishard Matthews caught 3-of-4 targets for 26 yards Week 1 against the Vikings.

Matthews was clearly behind Tajae Sharpe in the pecking order, and he ended up seeing fewer targets than both Andre Johnson (7) and Harry Douglas (5). Once a promising candidate for 100 targets, Matthews now looks like perhaps the fourth option on a bad passing offense. He is not a must-hold.
Sep 11 - 5:09 PM

Rishard Matthews has been seeing increased reps in the slot with Kendall Wright (hamstring) still sidelined.

"We are going to move him inside a little bit, give him a little more playing time in there with Kendall being out. So he has a little more on his plate," coach Mike Mularkey said. "I am really happy with Rishard. ... His blocking has been very good." Matthews is playing inside and out and figures to play heavy snaps right out of the gate. He and Tajae Sharpe appear to be the top-two receivers, followed up by Andre Johnson and Harry Douglas. Wright may not have a role upon return.
Aug 31 - 11:30 AM

Rishard Matthews caught 1-of-2 targets for 19 yards in the Titans' third preseason game Saturday night.

Matthews' one grab was good for a first down on 3rd-and-10 late in the first quarter, and he had an end-zone target bounce off his fingertips in the second. Still, he saw inconsistent work with the first-team offense, often times losing snaps to both Harry Douglas and Andre Johnson. It is possible Tennessee just wanted to get the vets work with the first-team offense, but it is a concerning development with Tajae Sharpe seemingly establishing himself as the No. 1 receiver. Matthews still should open the season as a starter, but his target upside suddenly appears much smaller.
Aug 27 - 10:38 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he is "really happy" with Rishard Matthews.

"He ran some really good routes yesterday," Mularkey said of Matthews' performance in the second preseason game. "His blocking has been very good. Everybody always talks about the receiving end of things, but his blocking has been very good as well." All the preseason buzz has been about rookie Tajae Sharpe, but Matthews is still likely the No. 1 receiver. It would not be surprising if he finished the season as the second-most targeted Titan behind Delanie Walker.
Aug 22 - 10:28 AM

Titan Insider's Terry McCormick considers Rishard Matthews and rookie Tajae Sharpe to be Tennessee's starters in two-receiver sets to begin training camp.

Kendall Wright will man the slot, a position that comes off the field in packages that use two tight ends or a fullback. As for Dorial Green-Beckham, McCormick says that by running him with the backups, the "Titans are showing that the spot won’t just be handed to DGB on talent alone." It would be classic Titans for this team to start Tajae Sharpe over Dorial Green-Beckham and Kendall Wright.
Jul 14 - 9:12 PM

Rishard Matthews has been getting most of the first-team reps at outside receiver.

Rookie Tajae Sharpe has been playing opposite Matthews, with Kendall Wright in the slot. The Titans gave Matthews a three-year deal this offseason, but there aren’t any guaranteed roles going into training camp. Dorial Green-Beckham remains a strong candidate for one of the starting spots.
Jun 17 - 6:04 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said newly-signed Rishard Matthews will be the "Z" receiver.

Sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham should be the "X" with Kendall Wright playing inside in the Titans' "exotic smashmouth" scheme. Matthews was a playmaker for the Dolphins last season, scoring four times and gaining 662 yards on 43 receptions. He is a massive upgrade over Harry Douglas.
Mar 10 - 11:58 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Marcus Mariota
2Matt Cassel
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Derrick Henry
3Antonio Andrews
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Derrick Henry
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Derrick Henry
FB1Jalston Fowler
WR11Tajae Sharpe
2Andre Johnson
3Marc Mariani
WR21Rishard Matthews
2Kendall Wright
3Harry Douglas
WR31Kendall Wright
TE1Delanie Walker
2Anthony Fasano
3Phillip Supernaw
4Jace Amaro
LT1Taylor Lewan
2Dennis Kelly
LG1Quinton Spain
2Josh Kline
C1Ben Jones
2Brian Schwenke
RG1Chance Warmack
2Sebastian Tretola
RT1Jack Conklin
K1Ryan Succop